Food and NutritionFoods to be taken
- Vitamin C intake improves the recovery from cellulitis. Fruits rich in the antioxidant vitamin C include grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, kiwi and cantaloupe.
- Citrus fruits, grapes and blueberries contain potent plant compounds known as flavonoids, which may also positively affect cellulitis symptoms.
- Vegetables like red and green bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter squash are significant sources of vitamin C.
- Sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and pine nuts. Nut butters, such as almond and peanut butter contain rich amounts of vitamin E.
- As cellulitis is a bacterial infection taking yoghurt can help in removing the bacteria that causes cellulitis.
Garlic is a strong antibacterial agent and helps fight bacterial infections easily.
- Cheese, processed meats, butter and margarine worsen the inflammation.
Yoga and Exercise
- Exercise, particularly cardiovascular exercise, helps increase circulation throughout the body and reduces weight and other diabetic risk factors, hence lowering your risk of developing cellulitis.
- A half hour brisk walk every day, 45 minutes swimming or aquagym twice per week and 15 minutes of belly-buttocks exercise may be helpful.
- Drink plenty of water
- Keep the affected area elevated, this helps reduce swelling and pain
- Get plenty of rest. This gives your body a chance to fight the infection
- Cover the wound with a gauze dressing rather than a bandaid